Buidling the Perfect Hackintosh

by on May 10, 2011 at 9:51 PM


I have been thinking for a long time i wanted to get a new Mac Pro for the house. I wanted to replace my old PC and go ahead and bite the bullet and get a Mac Pro. I started looking at the prices and i didn’t want to spend $3000 on a new mac right now. So i started reading up on building a Hackintosh. If you are not familiar with a hackintosh, it’s basically a Mac build on PC hardware you can buy right off the shelf.

The first place i found was nofilmschool. It was what came up when i googled “Hackintosh for Video Editing”. Koo has a great blog over there and you should check it out when you get time. He also has one of the best/indepth blogs on how to build a hackintosh for video editing. I must have read his blogo 10 times.One of the best things i loved on his blog was the benchmark scores. It is amazing you can get that much power out of a “Non-Apple” Mac. In his blog, he also has a parts list,so after reading the blog about 10 times, i bit the bullet and ordered my parts. I included the parts below, but if you go to his blog and read it, i suggest you order the parts by clicking his links. This way, he gets a small portion of the cost. The cost of the parts are the same, so you do not lose anything, but the store pays him for the referral fee. This is a nice way to show your support for someone who has done an amazing job on covering everything from start to finish on building your hackintosh.

There are plenty of guides all over the internet on how to achieve the best results, but i highly suggest you also go read Tonymac’s blog. You should take about 2 months and read up on everything you want to do. There is so much information here, that it becomes overwhelming fast. The really good thing i have found out while on this journey is the users that post on the forums are really good about helping you out. As long as you explain in detail what your issue is, they will help you. Do not just go in there and say “i have a problem”. That is a little bit to vague and without a starting point of your issue, there is no way you can get good help. You also need use the search feature first too. Remember, in the end, try to help yourself first, and when others see you have taken the time to help yourself, they will be more likely to help you finish up.

Now on to the build, Below are the parts that i ordered to build my beast.  You can look around for the best price, but i found the video card and memory was cheaper at NewEgg, but the rest had a better price at Amazon. I am not going to cover too much “in-depth” of the build because you can read it over at nofilmschool, but if anyone has an issue, please post and i will be sure to help. I will update this blog more after my build is done with the steps i took so it can help you, but like i said, if you have any questions, please just post a comment and i will do my best to help you out.


MotherBoard -

Gigabyte LGA1366 SATA3 ATI CrossFireX ATX Motherboard GA-X58A-UD3R

OS Hard Drive -

OCZ Technology 120 GB Vertex Series SATA II Solid State Drive (Black) OCZSSD2-1VTX120G

Processor -

Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366 Desktop Processor

Video Card -

EVGA 01G-P3-1465-AR GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Memory -

CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G

Power Supply -

Antec CP-850 850 Watt CPX Power Supply

Storage Hard Drives -

Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch

Blu-Ray Burner -

LG Electronics 10X Blu-ray SATA Writer Drive

Case -

Antec High-End Performance Case P183 V3

Bluetooth Adapter -

Targus USB Bluetooth® Adapter – Class 2 ACB10US



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